By Chris Brooks for The Tennessean
WHITE HOUSE – White House needed nearly every second on the clock to win its home opener against Lipscomb Academy.
White House placekicker Logan Trimmer hit a 22-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining to lift his team to a 37-35 victory over the Mustangs.
White House (3-0) saw the last of its 20-point lead evaporate late in the fourth quarter when Lipscomb Academy sophomore defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier returned a fumble 69 yards to give the Mustangs a 35-34 lead.
But White House quarterback Steven Rankin led his team 75 yards in 2:58 to set up Trimmer’s game-winner.
“I give our kids credit for not hanging their heads with three minutes to go in the game,” White House coach Jeff Porter said. “We were able to make some plays, make some throws and catches, get some first downs, and get the ball down there in a situation to have a chance to win it.”
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Rankin completed 13 of 18 passes for 158 yards, with four of those completions on the final drive.
“It was all about getting everyone believing,” Rankin said. “I asked everyone if they believed at the beginning of the game and at the beginning of that drive, and they did.”
White House built a 34-14 lead with 6:27 left in the third quarter on the second of Trey Hyde’s two touchdown runs, a 4-yarder.
Lipscomb Academy (2-2) scored 21 unanswered points, with touchdown runs from sophomore William Phillips (five carries, 106 yards, two touchdowns) and senior Hunter Braford preceding Reitmaier’s fumble return.
“We can’t help but be proud of our kids for fighting,” Lipscomb Academy coach Scott Tillman said. “We went into the half with two turnovers to give (White House) the lead. We battled back and regained momentum. It was a game of big plays, and it always is with White House. They’ve got a great program.”